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Great book, great ideas, just don't agree much on the way to implement it
am 19. Juli 2013
The concept behind the E.A.S.Y. routine together with the ssh/pat or pupd (pick up/put down) has worked really well with our 5 month old daughter! Before she could only sleep right after feeding (she is breastfed).
At four months she started waking up around 4-6 times a night to feed, even though she was not hungry. Sometimes we tried not to give her the boob, but she cried more and we always caved in. Many times she just stayed there 5 seconds without sucking and went back to sleep at the boob. She created this association "nurse to sleep" (well, we are to blame actually!) and for us the wakings became too much. We knew she could fall sleep by herself, because she used to before.
The problems were not only during the night: if she was too tired, she wouldn't eat much and fall asleep at the boob, but wake up half an hour later because she was still hungry. Or worse: if she was sleepy but not hungry, or if she finished eating and hadn't managed to fall asleep - in these cases she wouldn't fall asleep at all, even though she was ready to, unless we took her out. She ended up wanting to suck the breasts as a pacifier and we don't want to let her do that. So she would cry.
Anyway, one week after we decided to start changing her routine and break this association "nurse to sleep", she was already sleeping by herself some of the times - now we just put her in bed, she talks a little bit, turns her head to the side and falls asleep. And the best thing: without nursing! It has been 4 weeks now since we started implementing the E.A.S.Y. method, she still fights if we don't follow our bedtime routine, if she is overtired or if she is not home. I guess that's normal. She is a little bit fussier for naps, but if we bring her in the dark room and play calmly with her 5-10 minutes, she also goes down easily. Our routine is to bring her to the bedroom, close the curtains and play a white noise song.
Yes, our baby cried through the change. Without considering the naps, because we started being focusing at 7pm bedtime first: 1st day 1 hour, 2nd day 30 mins, 3rd day 10 mins. But in our opinion babies cry for any change in what they know, and they adapt quickly. I know this book is not for every family, but for us it has work wonders! Even during the changes, if she'd slept good, she would wake up with big smiles just like before.
P.S.: we didn't implement it exactly as it's suggested by Tracy Hogg. We didn't push our baby to feed only once at night (at 11 pm) and we didn't change everything at the same time. We decided to do it more gradually than what's recommended at the book - it was our choice.
P.S.2.: we also didn't appreciate much the tone from Tracy Hogg. But we just ignored it and tried to focus on her ideas and understand the basics behind them. It works!